With double occupancy and full occupancy, the Queen Mary 2 can accommodate almost 2.600 passengers of all ages. The guests experience a varied program every day. The stupid animation, which is often perceived as tormenting by some shipping companies, is dispensed with. The "Daily Programme" guides you through the entertainment options. The day starts at 6:00am with the Morning Show and ends well after midnight. The always large number of German guests are offered special German program items.
Royal Court Theater
Daily entertainment highlights are held at the sprawling Royal Court Theatre. The ambience is classically elegant and the well-being of tall people has also been thought of: you sit comfortably and relaxed in the armchairs. The stage is to be commended in terms of equipment and lighting technology. The shows are some of the best you can see at sea. The first-class singers and dancers of the on-board ensemble, the well-staffed, more than ten-strong on-board orchestra and outstanding guest artists make time fly by.
Queen Mary 2 - The curtain on the show was about to rise
Queen Mary 2 - in the Royal Theatre
Another venue is Illuminations. It is planetarium and auditorium at the same time. In the only planetarium on the high seas, viewers can lean back and experience the world of the stars or the development of the Milky Way on a screen mounted above their heads. Alternatively, the room can be used as an auditorium. The crowd of guests experienced films, lectures, cooking events, presentations by the captain and much more.
Queen Mary 2 - Illumination entrance area
Queen Mary 2 - Lecture at the Illuminations
Furnished for a large number of guests, the Queens Room represents the most important shipboard events. Afternoon tea is served at 15:30pm in the aft ballroom. In addition to musical entertainment, the program includes tea, cake, scones and small sandwiches. If the captain invites you to a reception, he chooses the Queens Room. If there is a ball on one of the many formal evenings, the ship's command invites you to the Queens Room. Speaking of the ball: Dance hosts of both sexes are of course available on the dance evenings. In the course of an Atlantic voyage, there are plenty of reasons to use the ballroom.
Golden Lion Pub
While the events in the Queens Room are quiet and distinguished, the Golden Lion Pub gets loud and cheerful in the evenings with karaoke or the regular quiz events. Free seating is then scarce.
Queen Mary 2 - Karaoke at the Golden Lion Pub
We cannot imagine a Cunard shipping company ship without a casino. On the Queen Mary 2, the Empire Casino invites you to play slots and table games. The casino is elegantly designed. The game is played on machines and tables.
Queen Mary 2 - gaming tables at Empire Casino
Queen Mary 2 - slot machines at Empire Casino
Queen Mary 2 Galley Tour
The shipping company is reluctant to offer (chargeable) ship tours. However, passengers can watch the officers at work on the bridge through a glass window. Unfortunately, the view is limited. Access is from deck 12, stairway A on the port side.
Queen Mary 2 - View of the bridge
A hit is the Queen Mary 2 Galley Tour. We have already had the opportunity to look behind the scenes of a ship's kitchen several times as part of ship tours. However, we could not have imagined that hundreds of passengers would be guided quickly through all the stations of the Britannia restaurant's canteen kitchen. At the beginning there is printed information about the "chef" and the structure of the kitchen in English and German. The essential stations are paced. At the end of the tour (back at the Britannia Restaurant) you can see some of the chefs at work and taste samples of their skills.
Queen Mary 2 - book store
Queen Mary 2 - gift shop
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Other activities include bingo lotteries, bridge tournaments, seminars on various topics, a book signing by the captain in the on-board library, the auction of the nautical chart and much more. There are always grateful prospects.
Queen Mary 2 - upscale entertainment
Queen Mary 2 - Captain's Book Signing
If you like, you can visit the art gallery run by Clarendon Fine Art or the well-stocked on-board shops.
Update September 2022